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  • Blog Post: Meet the winners of the 2014 Canadian Microsoft Imagine Cup!

    So who won this year’s 2014 Canadian Imagine cup? Some amazing students with some amazing ideas! Congratulations to all the teams who participated in this year’s Imagine Cup Canada . Thanks to our great sponsors at intel, the members of each winning team will receive one of the latest...
  • Blog Post: Free Zombie Art Assets to help you build your game

    Want to build a game but don’t have the time (or for some of us, the talent) to create the art assets? Check out the free Zombie art asset pack! Always wanted to build a game but thought it was too hard? Having beautiful art assets gives your game a much more polished look and feel and makes the game...
  • Blog Post: Free Space Art Assets to help you build your game

    Want to build a game but don’t have the time (or for some of us, the talent) to create the art assets? Check out the free Space art asset pack! Always wanted to build a game but thought it was too hard? Having beautiful art assets gives your game a much more polished look and feel and makes the game...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Tips and Gotchas: Grumpy Tree

    This series features interviews with student Windows Phone app developers who share what they learned building their phone apps. This week’s interview features Harold Mintah, a student at Carleton University. Harold is a member of Team GreenSource who built a game called Grumpy Tree. Could you briefly...
  • Blog Post: Free Fantasy Art Assets to help you build your games

    Want to build a game but don’t have the time (or for some of us, the talent) to create the art assets? Check out the Free Fantasy art asset pack! Always wanted to build a game but thought it was too hard? Having beautiful art assets gives your game a much more polished look and feel and makes the game...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows 8 apps: Day of the Living Dead

      A team of students from Vancouver talks about the experience of bringing a Unity game to Windows 8. This series features interviews with student Windows 8 app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows 8 applications. This week’s interview features Team Hungry ECE Programmers...
  • Blog Post: OIGC Gaming Conference Student Challenge

    The Ottawa Gaming conference has a gaming challenge for students, and you could win a Surface RT . What happens when SteamPunk and OuterSpace meet Zombies? That’s what we want to find out! We’ve got three packs of game art you can use to build something fun! Why not chill out and get a little creative...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Platformer HTML5 Game

    Woot Studio , MC Funkypants and Plexi Pixel have just released a Platformer Game Starter Kit for Windows 8 You can find more templates and starter kits here . Platformer games are always popular. Most of us remember the first time we made Mario hop over a mushroom or got Sonic to roll along bouncing...
  • Blog Post: Game developers unite in Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver (or just online!)

    Games are some of the most popular downloaded apps on mobile platforms and they are just plain fun to build! Get a jump start on building a cool game in person, or with some great online resources. Finally, we can get serious about games! Join us at the Windows 8 Gaming Development Clinics, we’re visiting...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Game starter kit with high score table

    This game starter kit contains everything you need to get started game programming for Windows 8 including online high scores with Windows Azure. You can find more templates here . This HTML and JavaScript game template kit comes with an example game you can modify and play with. The code is all in one...
  • Blog Post: I don't feel like working, let’s procrastinate together and build a quick game!

    Let’s build the ultimate version of Pong! Each post I’ll give you simple element to add or change, we’ll combine the best to make the ultimate version! Sometimes work feels like work, today is one of those days. So I need to have some fun. I have a template for building a Windows 8 Pong app with HTML5...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Windows 8 HTML5 Pong Game

    HTML5 Pong is a great template for developers who are new to HTML5/Canvas or game development in general This blog is part of a series Okay full disclosure I wrote this template but that’s not the only reason why I think its great. This template shows you how easy it is to get your game up...
  • Blog Post: Template of the week: Windows 8/Web/Phone HTML5 Game Yeti Bowl

    Yetibowl is a great resource for the XNA developer who wants to learn how to cross over to HTML5/Canvas or the HTML5 developer who wants to learn games. This blog is part of a series Okay Yetibowl isn’t exactly a template, but it serves a similar purpose. A template helps you get a jumpstart on an app...
  • Blog Post: Learn to build an HTML5 game and how to migrate HTML5 games to Windows 8

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 from 1-5PM Eastern catch an online Game developer camp for anyone interested in HTML5 game development. HTML5 game development is a great way to build casual games for the web or for Windows 8. So, we’ve got a Game Developer camp planned to help you learn about both HTML5 game...
  • Blog Post: Video of the week: Skulls of the Shogun game lives on 3 screens and the cloud

    Skulls of the Shogun is a fun multi-player game that brings to life the concept of 3 screens and the cloud We have phones, we have tablets, and we have console games. When we find a game we love shouldn’t it work on all three? Skulls of the Shogun developed by 17-BIT does a great job of doing just that...
  • Blog Post: Video of the week: Cross platform gaming with MonoGame – Draw a Stickman Epic

    With XNA not supported on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 a lot of XNA developers are turning to Monogame I get a lot of questions from XNA game developers asking what they should use to develop games on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 since there is no support for XNA. Not everyone wants or needs to turn...
  • Blog Post: Video of the week: Helping web developers build apps with appMobi

    This video shows you how a web developer can use appMobi to build cross-platform apps with HTML and JavaScript There are many videos out there, we wanted to dig through and share some of the best, we hope you enjoy this new series. In this video, Microsoft evangelist Dave Ibitski invites appMobi developer...
  • Blog Post: Building a great Windows 8 app Step 4: Pick your programming language

    What’s the best programming language for your Windows 8 app? .NET, JavaScript with HTML/Canvas, or C++? This blog is part of a series, you can see the rest of the series here . If you want to develop for Windows 8, you need to decide which programming model best suits your needs and skills...
  • Blog Post: Tips and gotchas for Windows Phone apps:InkSpill

    This series features interviews with Windows Phone app developers who share the lessons they learned building windows phone applications. This week’s interview features Studio SYD, a software development startup who built a game called InkSpill Could you briefly describe your application/game? InkSpill...
  • Blog Post: Need to preload assets? Check out PreLoadJS

    PreLoadJS is a JavaScript library to help you with asset preload management. It’s part of CreateJS an open source suite of JavaScript libraries to help HTML5 developers When you build a great web site, you need to plan your asset loading so that users don’t get frustrated and leave your website. When...
  • Blog Post: WOWZAPP Vancouver – Everyday coders did amazing work!

    The programmers at WOWZapp Vancouver sacrificed sleep for coding time and created some amazing apps. I had to share a couple of the many stories that inspired me, maybe they’ll inspire you as well. I’m beginning to suspect that the WOW in WOWZapp is there for the reaction you have when you see the apps...
  • Blog Post: Could a game take you to Russia for Imagine Cup Finals?

    The Imagine Cup game category has changed this year and will allow more game developers to participate! In the past the Imagine Cup game categories required students to design games that fit an Imagine Cup theme of helping others. This resulted in some wonderful games that educated and inspired us...
  • Blog Post: GameSalad announces Windows 8 support

    Good news for gamers trying to support multiple platforms, GameSalad is adding support for Windows 8 GameSalad has announced they are going to bring Windows 8 app store publishing to GameSalad creator. So what is GameSalad? It’s a tool that allows you to build games and will generate code from your design...
  • Blog Post: Atari goes HTML5 and we can help you do the same!

    Not only can you now play HTML5 Atari games you can build your own! We’ve got code and workshops to help! Okay I am going to admit to my age for a moment. I remember bugging my dad to buy me Pong. Pong was released in 1972 and Atari released and inspired many generations of gamers and game developers...
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